Monday, November 20, 2017

Sunday's with Sam - The Sunday Post

Sundays with Sam is a combination of Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

My Week in Review

I know, you're thinking, "Sam, it's Monday, not Sunday." This is true, but since I had a blog tour, I just moved my Sunday post by one day. Things will be back to normal next week. This week's discussion was quite interesting. We discussed yet another thing we love to hate: instalove. Most people were ok with the idea that there can be a spark, but people want to see the buildup and the relationship develop, while others were ok with it, especially when the book is a straight romance.

These announcements were EVERYwhere and I was excited:

On the Blog:

I was pretty excited about my acquisitions this week. I picked up so ebooks I had been wanting that were either free or deeply discounted, and the highlight, was being approved for Sophie Kinsella's new book. I am such a super-fan of her's, and am so excited to get the opportunity to read this book early.



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What I Read Last Week

Another good reading week. I had two 4.5-star reads. One was a great mystery and the other was a hockey romance, which is kind of a surprise, as I don't usually give that high a rating to contemporary romances, but it was so good.
  • The Truth Beneath the Lies by Amanda Searcy: This was a great thriller, that pulled me in from page one. There were things I figured out, but there were some things I was NOT expecting. ★ 1/2
  • All About Mia by Lisa Williamson (audiobook): I enjoyed this complicated family story. Mia was living up to an image not defined by her, but rather for her, and it was great to work through her sister issues and find herself in the process. ★ 1/2
  • Any Way You Slice It by Kristine Carlson Asselin: This was a fun romance with hockey, reality TV, and pizza. ★ 1/2
  • Ready to Fall by Marcella Pixley: This was a really interesting exploration of grief, and I cried many tears - happy and sad. 
  • Run Away with Me by Mila Gray: A really good second chance romance, which had some OTT moments, but they served a purpose. The romance and friendship was quite wonderful, so it was easy to overlook. 
  • Slammed by Victoria Denault: Loved this one! It was a combination of the characters, the romance, and the story. It really worked for me, and has made Denault a new go-to for my hockey romances. ★ 1/2
  • Good and Gone by Megan Frazer Blakemore: Another complicated sibling story, which is worked out on a road trip. I went into this without really reading the synopsis carefully or any reviews, which I think was a good idea, because they reveal something that I feel had more weight because the reveal confirmed my suspicion. 

What I Am Currently Reading

I am listening to This is Not the End, which was a Can't-Wait Wednesday pick, and it is so interesting. It's technically SiFi, but it reads contemporary. There are some really weighty issues in this one, as the main character is grappling with the decision on who to use her resurrection on: her best friend or her boyfriend, who both died in a car accident she walked away from, or her brother, who was paralyzed after a climbing accident. I am currently reading another Can't-Wait Wednesday book, Foolish Hearts, and it is such  a "me" book. I  am loving it!

What I Plan to Read

I still have a few November ARCs, but decided to move on to the December ones, since there are not too many. I have heard good things about Meader's hockey book, so I am excited to read So Over You, and I just adore Stephanie Kate Strohm, therefore, I cannot wait to read Prince in Disguise.

How was your week?
Let us know in the comments!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Blog Tour: Not Now, Not Ever

Not Now, Not Ever
Lily Anderson
Series: n/a
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
The sequel to The Only Thing Worse than Me Is You, inspired by The Importance of Being Earnest.

Elliot Gabaroche is very clear on what she isn't going to do this summer.

1. She isn't going to stay home in Sacramento, where she'd have to sit through her stepmother's sixth community theater production of The Importance of Being Earnest.
2. She isn't going to mock trial camp at UCLA.
3. And she certainly isn't going to the Air Force summer program on her mother's base in Colorado Springs. As cool as it would be to live-action-role-play Ender's Game, Ellie's seen three generations of her family go through USAF boot camp up close, and she knows that it's much less Luke/Yoda/"feel the force," and much more one hundred push-ups on three days of no sleep. And that just isn't appealing, no matter how many Xenomorphs from Alien she'd be able to defeat afterwards.

What she is going to do is pack up her attitude, her favorite Octavia Butler novels, and her Jordans, and go to summer camp. Specifically, a cutthroat academic-decathlon-like competition for a full scholarship to Rayevich College, the only college with a Science Fiction Literature program. And she's going to start over as Ever Lawrence, on her own terms, without the shadow of all her family’s expectations. Because why do what’s expected of you when you can fight other genius nerds to the death for a shot at the dream you’re sure your family will consider a complete waste of time?

This summer's going to be great.

Friday, November 17, 2017

In a Nutshell Reviews

In a Nutshell Reviews are my version of mini-reviews, because sometimes, you just want the highlights.

I Never
Laura Hopper
Series: n/a
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Rating: 4  out of 5 stars
Janey King’s priorities used to be clear: track, school, friends, and family. But when seventeen-year-old Janey learns that her seemingly happy parents are getting divorced, her world starts to shift. Back at school, Luke Hallstrom, an adorable senior, pursues Janey, and she realizes that she has two new priorities to consider: love and sex.

Inspired by Judy Blume’s classic Forever, I Never features a perfect, delicious, almost-to-good-to-be-true high school relationship . . . and it doesn’t shy away from the details. Destined to be passed from teen to teen, this is a young adult debut that will get readers talking.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Love and Other Train Wrecks - Leah Konen

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I can't wait for Love and Other Train Wrecks!

Love and Other Train Wrecks
Leah Konen
Series: n/a
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Waited on by: Sam
A twenty-four-hour romance about two teens who meet—and perhaps change their minds about love—on a train ride to Upstate New York in the middle of a snowstorm

One train ride. Two strangers.

Noah is a hopeless romantic. He’s heading back home for one last chance with his first love, whom he broke up with when he went off to college.

Ammy doesn’t believe in true love—her parents being prime examples. She’s escaping from a mom who can’t take care of her to a dad who may not even want her. That is, until one winter night when Noah and Ammy find themselves in the same Amtrak car heading to Upstate New York.

After a train-wreck first encounter between the two of them, the Amtrak train suddenly breaks down due to a snowstorm. Desperate to make it to their destinations, Noah and Ammy have no other option but to travel together. What starts off as a minor detour turns into the whirlwind journey of a lifetime, and over the course of the night they fall in love. But come morning their adventure takes an unexpected turn for the worst. Can one night can really change how they feel about love...and the course of their lives forever?